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Pens Recall Fleury; Assign James To WBS

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury from his conditioning assignment in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) and returned forward Connor James to the team, it was announced Sunday by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.  

Fleury started five games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton since being assigned for conditioning on February 10th.  He posted a 3-2-0 record with a .950 save percentage and a 1.42 goals-against-average, allowing just seven goals in the five contests.  Both of his losses came in 1-0 games.  Dating back to the start of the 2005-06 season, Fleury holds a 13-2-2 record in his last 17 AHL starts.

Fleury has missed 28 games for the Penguins since suffering an ankle injury on December 6th vs. the Calgary Flames.  He had won four consecutive starts prior to his injury posting a 1.00 goals-against-average, a .955 save percentage, and one shutout in those four victories.  Fleury has appeared in 21 games with the Penguins this season and holds a 9-8-1 record including two shutouts.  He ranks fourth on the Penguins all-time list with 66 career victories.

James played four games since being recalled on February 15th.  It was his second recall to Pittsburgh this season.  James was originally recalled on December 15th, making his Penguins debut that night in a game vs. the New York Islanders.  He has registered 20 points (eight goals, 22 assists) in 48 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.  James ranked second on the team in assists (22) at the time of his recent recall to Pittsburgh.  He has scored five points (one goal, four assists) in his last five games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. 

James was originally signed by the Penguins as a free agent on August 9th, 2006.  He made his NHL debut during the 2005-06 season playing two games with the Los Angeles Kings.



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